Chris Adams is entering his fifth season as the head coach of the men's basketball team at the University of Northwestern Ohio during the 2011-12 season. Coach Adams' four-year record at UNOH is 53-69, and 20-25 in conference play.
UNOH men's basketball returned in 2007-08 for the first time since the 1986-87 season; the school was considered a two-year institution at the time. Coach Adams led the Racers to a 9-19 record for its first season ever as a four-year program. Coach Adams gained his first victory while playing the University of Miami-Middletown, winning in thrilling fashion in double overtime. The Racers were 4-4 at home in their first season back with wins over Notre Dame College, Goshen College, Marygrove College and Siena Heights University.
Coach Adams led the Racers into their first year of the AMC during the 2008-09 season. The Racers were ranked in the preseason to finish 11th out of 14 teams. Coach Adams led the Racers to an overall record of 18-14 in just their second season, and also a fourth place finish in the AMC with a record of 9-4. The Racers upset two nationally-ranked AMC opponents in Daemen and Mount Vernon Nazarene University. During the season, the Racers also reached a new high, appearing in the NAIA national rankings and peaked at No. 36. The Racers earned their first postseason victory, defeating Daemen in the first round of the AMC Tournament. The Racers then lost to Mt. Vernon Nazarene to end their 2008-09 campaign. On a personal level, Coach Adams recorded his 400th career win (all levels) against Shawnee State University on January 26th.
Entering the third season under coach Adams, the Racers were voted in the preseason to finish third in the American Mideast Conference South Division. The Racers also received a vote in the preseason NAIA national rankings to give a high outlook for the 2009-10 season. The Racers finished the season 15-16 overall and 7-9 in the AMC South Division. The Racers qualified for postseason play and were eliminated in the first round by Daemen.
The Racers entered coach Adams' fourth season with a new league in the 2010-11 season, the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference. The Racers finished 11-20 overall and 4-12 in the conference, which included the NAIA Division II National Champion and six NAIA Division II All-Americans. UNOH freshman Jake Bolyard led the WHAC in scoring at 22.07 points per game and was named third team All-WHAC.
Adams came to UNOH with 25 years of varsity high school head coaching experience. In those 25 years, Adams obtained a career coaching record of 380 wins and 189 losses, for a career winning percentage of .667.
Before arriving at UNOH, Adams spent 21 years as the boys varsity head coach at Elida High School. While at Elida, Adams reached a career record of 308 wins, the most in school history. Under coach Adams, the Elida Bulldogs won 13 sectional titles and 2 district titles. Coach Adams received many awards and recognitions while at Elida High School, including Western Buckeye League Coach of the Year (five times), Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1998, District 8 Coach of the Year (twice). Also while at Elida, Adams was the President of both the District 8 Coaches Association and the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association.
Coach Adams received his first head coaching position at Springfield (Ohio) Central Catholic High School. He was the varsity head coach for four seasons before taking his position at Elida. Adams recorded a record of 72 wins and 24 losses, and also made it to regional tournament in two of the four seasons. While at SCC, Adams was the Southwestern Ohio Coach of the Year and also the Clark County Coach of the Year.
Before taking the head position at SCC, Adams was the assistant men's basketball coach at Wittenberg University for one year.
Adams received his Bachelor's Degree in Biology from Wittenberg University, where he also played collegiate basketball. He also received a Master's Degree in Physical Education from The Ohio State University. Adams is married to Jan and they have two children, Drew (27 years old) and Julie (23).
|1||Percy Dean*||FR||G||5-9||Columbus, OH||Mifflin H.S.|
|4||Myles Merchand*||SO||G||6-0||Muncie, Ind.||Madison Area Technical College|
|10||Johnny Elliott||SO||G||6-0||Cameron, N.C.||Sand Hills C.C.|
|11||Chris Cromity||FR||G||6-4||Solon, OH||Solon H.S.|
|12||Jake Bolyard||SO||G||6-2||Orrville, OH||Orrville H.S.|
|21||Conrad Freeman||FR||C||6-6||Holland, Mich.||Zeeland East H.S.|
|22||Dustin Guthrie||SR||F||6-5||McArthur, OH||Vinton County H.S.|
|23||Jon Slagle||FR||G||6-2||Sidney, OH||Sidney Lehman Catholic H.S.|
|24||Mike Wynn||SO||G||6-0||Muncie, Ind.||Madison Area Technical College|
|25||Mark McFadden||JR||G||6-4||Australia||Southeast C.C.|
|32||Chad Mossing||SO||G||6-3||Evergreen, OH||Marietta College|
|33||Aaron Toney||JR||C||6-7||Cary, N.C.||Sand Hills C.C.|
|35||Darko Bucan||SR||G||6-4||Belgrade, Serbia||State Fair C.C.|
|42||Todd Watkins||SO||F||6-7||Cincinnati, OH||St. Bernard-Elmwood Place H.S.|
|50||Alex Harris*||FR||F||6-7||Columbus, OH||Mifflin H.S.|